This beautifully hand carved Alder wand is approximately 33 cm long; it has the Ogham few for Alder just above the handle.
The Alder Wand (Alunus Glutinosa)
Date harvested: 7th April 2016 – Alder New Moon; Bodmin Moor area
Harvest method – Ritual with offering
FEARN (F) fourth consonant of the Ogham alphabet.
The fourth month of the Celtic Tree Calendar (18th March to 14th April)
The magical tree of Bran, the King or God of the Celts, and sacred to Druids.
Colour – Purple
Class – Chieftain
Gender – Masculine
Crystal – Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli
Element – Fire and Water
Planet – Neptune, Venus
Animal - ox
Birds – Hawk, Seagull, Raven
Defence, protection spells
Alder helps with problems one has been avoiding, it is a symbol of strength & battle, the red sap is associated with the blood of war, with red marks underneath the bark believed to be Elven Blood. The Alder blends all four elements, but can be unpredictable and fickle. Its wands are used in resurrection ceremonies such as the resurrection of the spring from the winter.
The Alder fairy is dark and mysterious, if they do not wish to be seen, they will fly from the tree branches as crows or ravens. The raven is the sacred bird of Bran. The Alder fairy can impart the secret of defence and teach one how to look for omens or the gift of prophecy.
This wand has been “treated” with beeswax polish following its de-barking and sanding process; it also has the following herbs inserted into the handle.
Mugwort – For strength, protection and cleansing
Vervain – for Protection and purification
Yarrow – for clearing negativity and easing fears